Category Archives: Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh tourism related information including its hill stations, pilgrimage centers, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking destinations, falls, etc.

Mandu, Jama Masjid, First Marble Structure in India

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Mandu is a city known for its fortress and is a ruined city, located in Dhar district of Western Madhya Pradesh, India.

Facade of the Jahaz Mahal, ManduFacade of the Jahaz Mahal at Mandu

Mandu situated at an altitude of 2079 feet, was prominent during the 10th and 11th centuries under the Paramaras. The fortress is a 13 kilometer long one, overlooking the plateau of Malwa and the Narmada River valley in the Northern and Southern sides, respectively.

Mandu is having rich and ancient history. The walls of the fort spans around 37 kilometers, punctuated by 12 gateways. There are a number of palaces, Jain temples and mosques of 14th century and other buildings. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, marble tomb of the ruler inside the fort, is the first marble structure in India.

Hindola Mahal, which means Swing palace, is a major palace inside the palace complex. It is believed to be constructed in 14th or 15th century. Jahaz Mahal or Ship Palace is another magnificent palace situated inside the fort between two artificial lakes and it looks like a ship floating in water. Some of the other prominent buildings inside the palace complex are Tawili Mahal and Nahar Jharokha.

Some of the ancient and historical structures inside the fort are listed below, Roopmati’s Pavilion is a Large Sandstone Structure. Baz Bahadur’s Palace is a 16th century palace below Roopmati’s Pavilion. Rewa Kund is a reservoir intended to supply water to Roopmati’s Pavilion.

Jami Masjid inside the Mandu  Fort.Jami Masjid inside the Mandu Fort.

Jami Masjid is the finest structure inside the fort. Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque inside Mandu fort, dates back to 1405.

How Do I Go to Mandu alias Mandavgad ?

Mandu is located at around at 35 kilometers from Dhar city. Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is at a distance of around 100 kilometers.

Chausath Yogini Temple

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Chausath Yogini Temple is an ancient Lord Shiva temple believed to be constructed in 1323 AD, situated at Morena district in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. This temple is also known as Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini Temple
Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple.

Chausath Yogini temple was built by the Kachchhapaghata king Devapala (1055-1075 CE). The temple has 64 chambers and an open mandapam (hall) in the center. The chambers and the hall are separated by a circular courtyard. 100 steps leads to the entrance of the temple. The central hall or shrine has slab coverings with perforations, so that rain water drains to a large underground storage area. the pipe lines from the roof top are also connected to this area.

Chausath Yogini Temple is situated on top of a small hill, which is around 100 feet in height.

Its believed that the Indian Parliament’s architecture is inspired from the Chausath Yogini Temple.

Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple is believed to be used for providing education in the fields of astrology and mathematics; based on the movement of Sun.

How Do I Go to Chausath Yogini Temple alias Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple?

The temple situated at Mitaoli village (also spelled as Mitawali or Mitavali) and is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Morena railway station is the nearest railway station to Chausath Yogini Temple. The nearest aiport, Gwalior airport, is at around 40 kilometers distance from this historic Ekattarso Mahadeva Temple..

Sanchi Stupa

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Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its Buddhist Stupa at Raisen district, in Madhya Pradesh, India.

Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi Stupa

Buddhist Stupa at Sanchi contains the relics of Gautham Buddha. This stupa was constructed by Great Maurya Dynasty emperor Asoka, in 3rd century B.C. This town was the venue of Emperor Ashoka’s wedding to Queen Devi and is also the birthplace of the queen.

Four Toranas (gateways) were added during the 1st century BCE. These four gateways represents the four emotions; love, peace, courage & trust.

The great stupa of Sanchi is 16 meters in height and measures 37 meters in diameter. This stupa is the oldest structure made of stone bricks in India.

There are remains of Pillar of Ashoka near the stupa.

Remains of Pillar of Ashoka
Remains of Pillar of Ashoka at Sanchi .

How Do I Go to Stupa of Sanchi?

The great stupa at Sanchi is located at Sanchi Town, which is at a distance of around 46 kilometers north east of Bhopal, in central India. The town is well connected by roads to all parts of India.

Bhopal Junction railway station is the nearest major railway station. Raja Bhoj Airport at Bhopal is the nearest airport.

War Memorial, Bhopal Shaurya Samarak, Underground Veterans Memorial

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War memorial called Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal is India’s first underground war memorial. This veterans memorial in Madhya Pradesh state was inaugurated on 14th October 2016, by the honorable Prime Minter of India, Narendra Modi.

War memorial, Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal. War memorial, Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal. Image Courtesy- JobsFundaz

This military memorial or war memorial is spread over an area of 12 acres. The memorial pillar has the names of 280 soldiers who have laid down their lives for the India from the state of Madhya Pradesh. There is a light and sound show. There is a beautiful garden above the underground war memorial.

There is an art gallery inside the war memorial. There are medals, memorials, paintings, etc. Aircraft and weapons are also on display. There is a souvenir shop inside this Museum Gallery.

The national war museum or national war memorial is divided into four zones: Jeevan, Yudh ka Rangmanch, Mrityu and Mrityu par Vijay. Each of this depicts the four stages of life. Yudh ka Rangmanch is a spider’s web like circular structure depicting wars made using rough stones. Mrityu is designed as in such a way that an earthen lamp amidst the darkness will make the visitor feel the silence of death. Mrityu par Vijay zone has lights representing souls of soldiers, coming out of a water floor.

The beautiful garden above the underground war memorial has an amphitheater and a holographic flame. The red structure at the entrance looks like ‘Namaskar’ . There is also a drop of blood from the exit; to mark the sacrifice of soldiers.

The war memorial at Bopal is one of its kind in India and is a must see war monuments in India. Visitors can light lamps here to pay their respects to those who have scarified their life for their mother country.

How Do I Go to Bhopal War Memorial, Shaurya Samarak?

Shaurya Samarak at Bhopal, the National war memorial, is situated close to the State Secretariat. Bhopal is well connected by all modes of transport to other parts of the country. There is an airport and railway station at Bhopal.

Pench National Park, Pench Tiger Reserve,The Jungle Book

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Pench National Park is a situated in Chhindwara & Seoni districts of Madhya Pradesh, India.

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh districts location mapPench National Park, Madhya Pradesh districts location map.

The National park got its name from the Pench River , which flows through the middle of the park. In 1977 , the area was declared as a sanctuary. In 1983. it was declared as a National Park. In 1992, it became Pench tiger reserve under project Tiger, to save India’s National Animal, Royal Bengal Tigers. Thousands of spotted deer are found here in this Park.

The setting for “The Jungle Book” movie was this National Park. River rafting is a major sports activity in the park. Spread over an area of 758 square kilometers in the southern reaches of the Satpura Ranges, the park is rich in flora and fauna. There are 40 royal Bengal tigers in this park alone. 210 Bird species are found here. 39 mammals species, 13 reptiles species and 3 amphibians species are found here.

Jungle Safari is famous here. Sitaghat, a spot on the banks of River Pench offers you excellent view of rocks & artistic looking trees, which is to be seen in the morning or evening. Bodhanala range inside the National park is famous for Bird watching. Watch tower at Raiyakassa gives a good view of beautiful Pench river.

How Do I Go To Pench National Park?

Pench Turiya gate near Khawasa Border on NH 8 is the main try point to Pench National Park. Distance from Nagpur railway station to Pench Turiya gate is approximately 110 kilometers. Jabalpur is 200 kilometers away. Kanha National Park, Tadoba National Park and Satpura National Park are at 190, 300 and 340 kilometers distance respectively. Karmajhiri Gate is another entry gate to the National Park.

Nagpur airport is the nearest airport at 110 kilometers away. Jabalpur also has an airport at 200 kilometers away. The nearest railway stations are also at Nagar and Jabalpur receptively.

What are the Timings of Pench National Park?

November to May is the ideal season to visit the Park. During July to September. the park is closed. The park Gates are opened at 6 am and closed by 10:30 am and in the afternoon it again opens at 3 pm and closes by 6 pm.

Hotels Near Pench National Park

There are many hotels and resorts near the Pench Turiya Gate. Night stay is allowed to watch the beasts of the Jungle.

Gwalior Fort, Gurjari Mahal & Man Mandir, Oldest Existing ZERO

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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Gwalior Fort is a 8th century fort on a hill top near to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, state of India. The Fort was built during the 8th century.

Gwalior FortGwalior Fort, India.

Fort complex consists mainly of 2 palaces Gurjari Mahal Palace & Man Mandir Palace and the outer fort. Gurjari Mahal palace, which is now an archaeological museum, was built by Raja Man Singh for Queen Mrignayan. Man Mandir Palace was built during the 15th century. Many structures including Palaces (Mahals) were added to the fort by different rulers.

The fort extends over 3 square kilometers in area and is having a height of 35 feet. There are two gates to the fort; one at the northeast side and the other at southwest side.

Jain statues carved out of rock in the Gwalior FortJain statues carved out of rock in the Gwalior Fort.

The water tanks which gets its water requirements from the nearby Swarnarekha river can store water to satisfy the needs of a 15,000 strong garrison (the number required to guard this fort)!

The fort at Gwalior was controlled by many dynasties during the course of time. 86 Kings belonging to the Pal dynasty has ruled Gwalior for the maximum period of 989 years. Others who controlled and ruled Gwalior include Gurjara-Pratihara Dynasty, Turkic rulers, Tomar rulers, Suri dynasty and Hemu, Mughal dynasty, Raizada dynasty, Maratha rulers (the Scindias) and the British.

The oldest existing “ZERO“, which is estimated to be 1500 years old is found in a small temple here, on the way to the top hills.

How Do I Go to Gwalior Fort?

Gwalior is well connected by roads to all parts of the country. Gwalior Fort is located at a distance of 2 to 4 kilometers (depending on the route you take) from Gwalior railway station, the nearest railway station. ‘Rajmata Vijaya Raje Scindia Airport’ at 10 kilometers away from the city, is the nearest airport to the Fort at Gwalior.